Moves for Biglia and Diame may be put on ice.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could scrap plans to sign a defensive midfielder in January after confirming that Abou Diaby will return to training next week.
The Gunners have been linked with January moves for Anderlecht’s Lucas Biglia and West Ham enforcer Mohamed Diame but Diaby’s return could see Wenger put plans to sign the duo on ice.
The Frenchman claimed earlier this month that he did not know when Diaby, 26, would return to training. The defensive midfielder has not played since injuring his thigh against Chelsea in October.
But Wenger confirmed that the France international would re-join the squad next week, leading to speculation that the France international could be back in first-team action by mid-January.
Arsenal sold midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona for £15m in the summer but Wenger decided against signing a replacement, putting his faith in Diaby as the club’s holding midfield player.
The Gunners started the season strongly, with the former Auxerre man in fine form but have struggled since his injury, with Mikel Arteta filling in ahead of the back four.
Anderlecht have confirmed that Argentina international Biglia can leave the club in January if his release clause, thought to be around £8m is met.
Arsenal, as well as AC Milan and Liverpool, have been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old, who has been with the Belgians since 2006.
Diame, meanwhile, is also understood to be an Arsenal target after displaying fine form since joining the Hammers from Wigan in the summer.
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